Occurred: 2023-04-08 21:25 Local
Reported: 2023-04-09 20:37 Pacific
Duration: 3-5 seconds
No of observers: 2

Location: Ballwin, MO, USA
Location details: Residential suburban area

Shape: Fireball
Characteristics: Left a trail

Continuous fireball almost like a Roman candle, resembled a comet but definitely wasn’t a “shooting star.”

Sighting was around 9:30 PM CST. My friend and I both saw a large fireball shoot across the sky. I was facing Northeast and the object traveled from my right to my left, then disappeared. It was an incredible bright white and left a solid white tail behind the initial light source that faded rather quickly. At first we thought it was a Roman candle type firework but then realized it was too large and intense as well as too high in the atmosphere to be a firework. The closest thing that I’ve personally witnessed that I could compare it to would be the Hale-Bopp Comet, but I haven’t been able to find any reports of meteor activity in my area.

Posted 2023-05-19

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